Definition of bayberry in English:

bayberry

noun

  • A North American shrub with aromatic leathery leaves and waxy berries.

    Also called wax myrtle
    • ‘Included in the brambles are raspberries, blackberries, dewberries, loganberries, bayberries, and the wineberry.’
    • ‘Before fall migration, swallows gorge themselves on insects and bayberries.’
    • ‘Wild bayberry thrives in the sand with almost no maintenance, will grow in full sun or partial shade, is not harmed by salt spray and is drought-resistant.’
    • ‘Root cuttings are not often used as an important method of propagation, but many plants, such as bayberry, wisteria, some rose species, and oak-leaf hydrangea, can be propagated by this method.’
    • ‘Samantha watched him go inside and shut it behind him; a flash of lightning illuminated the beach roses and the bayberry bushes, and the old overturned schooner in front of Ray's work shed.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from bay + berry.

Pronunciation

bayberry

/ˈbeɪbɛri/